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HDMI 1.3 comes to 1080p audio products in 2007
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
This week I spent some time at Denon and Marantz as they gave pre-CES 2007 preview. OK. You ask what does this have to do with Digital TV? Well, they realize that to fully appreciate 1080p and HDTV, you need good audio. And, not just good audio, but audio and that also includes video processing and scaling.
It sees through clothing? Maybe technology goes too far
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
I'm all for airport safety--however, I'm cringing at the announcement of new technology capable of looking through clothing to find weapons.
Late to the party?
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Sometimes small, non-profit companies are way out in front of the big boys in developing life saving technology.
Is design bar set too low?
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
One of my cordless phones has died. I put it into the box where I keep my other dead cordless phones--seven of them, replaced over the past 10 years. Turning this into an engineering project, I decided to do my own informal "CSI" autopsy on these units, opening each one and getting to the pc board. Three had defective keypads, with some sort of sludge interfering with the keypad contacts (plastic migration and deterioration, perhaps) despite my vigorous cleaning with contact cleaner and alcoho
Beware of counterfeit mil/aero semis
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Counterfeiting is a big problem. Indeed, syndicated programs have described the "copy watch" and fake Gucci purse.

Symmetry and IC design
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
IC design follows the law of symmetry that states that you get different results when you scale an experiment. EDA vendors must learn the law and use it in planning new products.
A Thanksgiving Blog: From Aabhar to Z'e'kujom se
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how thankful I am that you allow me into your busy life. I'm amazed at how far away from this keyboard most of you are--and yet we're connected even if just briefly throughout the year.
New company for MicroDisplays
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Last week, I had the opportunity of meeting with a new company that hopes to re-vitalize microdisplays.
Lucy and Sony
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Sony's launch last week of PlayStation 3 reminds me of that "I Love Lucy" episode from 50 years ago in which Ricky figures out that the salad dressing Lucy sold in a TV commercial actually cost a few cents more to make than what she was selling it for. Lucy went back on TV to try to get customers to cancel their orders.
Another call to redefine ESL
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Dave Goldberg joins Steve Glaser in calling for a redefinition of the term ESL.
What a difference a bit makes
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
What even happened to the flap over packet loss problems surfacing in Wi-Fi?
TI lays down another cellular gauntlet to the competition
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
With the announcement of its intention to have a single-chip Edge-enabled multimedia phone chip on the market next year based on its DRP technology, TI has yet again laid down the wireless gauntlet—and may have set itself up for a fall.
Growth is better than death
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
EDAC is at the center of controversies as it tires to celebrate the latest Phil Kaufman award winner and start a new life under a new Executive Director.
Video format skirmishes
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11/11/2006   Post a comment
There are many low-level video format skirmishes -- I wouldn't call them wars because to the consumer, the inconvenience is slight.
Welcome Fremont A's and Santa Clara 49ers
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
Okay so I've moved away from Silicon Valley, but not so far as to not be thrilled that the A's (formerly Oakland) stadium will be located in Fremont. On the heels of that announcement came the decision to move the SF 49ers to Santa Clara. Yay! Ahem, sorry SF and Oakland.
CES Unveiled 2007 and other stuff
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
On Wednesday (November 8, 2006) afternoon, I went to the CES Unveiled 2007 event that is the precursor to CES, which is held by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). This annual event, which is held in NYC every year, attracts journalists, manufacturers, and PR types alike.
Vote!
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
It's the day after national elections, and I'm asking you to vote.
The medium is the message: Suppose they gave a format war and nobody came
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
News last week that practically from the beginning, mass market hi-def DVD players will offer dual compatibility with both Blu-ray and HD DVD is good for both consumers and manufacturers.
Cadence is back
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
Cadence terminates the uncertainty about its participation to the DAC as an exhibitor.
Mobile TV needs the best transceivers
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11/7/2006   Post a comment
A receiver that is 3 dB better than a "typical" receiver can achieve (at least) a given quality level in a coverage area around 50% greater than the reference.
Microsoft and the NSDL Newsletter
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11/6/2006   Post a comment
What do Microsoft and the Network Systems DesignLine Newsletter have in common? They will both feature VoIP.
I want my MTV (but not while on an elevator)
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11/6/2006   Post a comment
A presentation by Greg Clayman of MTV Networks on his company's mobile platforms strategy at a conference last week revealed two things: I've officially become a genuine adult (tragically unhip and criminally out of step with youth culture), and our civilization is damned.
Smart gambit in 60-GHz band
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11/6/2006   Post a comment
When a group of large consumer-oriented companies announced last week that they would back millimeter-wave radio technology in the 60-GHz band for short-range video connections (see lead story, page 1), skeptics noted the technical difficulties of developing such radios cost-effectively.

The power standard game
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11/5/2006   Post a comment
Cadence's actions in trying to promote its Common Power Format (CPF) is generatingmore controversy than progress.
LG intros 33 displays at 2007 line show
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11/2/2006   Post a comment
LG Electronics announced their 2007 product line-up on November 1, 2006 in Orlando, FL. Their impressive display line will cover 33 models, which will be comprised of 22 LCD HDTV models and 11 plasma HDTV models.


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